He is a scientist from overseas and has been in Australia for a few years , he is a specialist dry land wheat Researcher . Was talking about biological farming and how to transition. Yes some people have weird precepts about things. There are a few with bad hatches about but some good ones too.
I tried to google search him but couldn't find anything. He was talking about growing wheat in the dry?
I am hoping for a good hatch rate. Got the IG eggs today and picking up some light sussex eggs tomorrow. I think this will be my last batch for the year. Otherwise, I will have issues with housing them.
The IG cross chicks I hatched 4/5 weeks ago are a bit slow growing. They eat heaps but not putting on much size and not feathering up as quickly as I expected either.
Maarten Stapper, the bio agriculture specialist. Isn't that what you are doing on your farm? I have seen the results of similar methods on a residential garden. It worked wonders. The material used was a sort of garden tea made from soaking various types of manures, some straw and grain. The plants goes crazy a few days after application. Very effective.
At the moment the chicks are in a tractor of sorts. I move it around the garden. So they get fresh grass and bugs, etc. They eat more of that than the starter feed. May be that is why they are growing a bit slower. That should mean better flavour I hope in 6 months time.
Got the light sussex eggs this afternoon. Looking forward to the hatch in 3 weeks time.
Yes it was good to hear him in person and to meet like minded farmers to talk to, I learnt a few things so might get better results now but there is always the odd mistake that we all make and learn from. they lay a smallish egg for the size of the hens but they soon grow hope you have a good hatch . I am going to get some eggs from my friend that I hatched the andalusians for last year that will be my last hatch for this year. I have mostly marans hatched this year and a high % females
Are you going to brew the microbes for the farm? I understand the concepts of using microbes, etc but how much can they add to the grounds water retention. That seems to be the problem here in WA. I kept the sheep in a small area for about 3 weeks about a month ago. Now the same area has thick knee high grass. Very encouraging. Now I am moving them weekly. Hopefully it will show the same results.
I am still working on brewing them right , I have got a microscope to look at them but don't have the variety yet needed. Did the rotation help reduce the onion weed ? The higher you get the organic carbon level up the less those weeds will occur same with barley grass. I had lots of roosters last year.
I think it is too early to tell with the weeds. The sheep do trample a lot of the weeds. The patch with the good grass growth, the grass is choking the weeds. So hopefully the weeds will eventually disappear. I think cattle do a much better job with bigger feet and stronger manure.
Have you noticed major improvements on areas you sprayed the microbes on?
Only in the garden where it's had extra watering , it take at least three years to notice in dry land farming . But I did try using some molasses out this year got it a bit late but the pasture has come green again with the last rain most of the other hasn't
The molasses must have triggered some microbe growth. You should try mob grazing as well. I'll let you know how I go come summer. I am hoping that it will prolong the period of green pasture. If it works I will be a happy man.
Seeing the result of a mobile tractor for the chicks at home on the lawn, I am trying to formulate a way to do the same thing in York.
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